Today is the official publication day of Cuppy and Stew: The Bombing of Flight 629, A Love Story. It's been a long time coming. Four years of research and writing the manuscript, a year of my agent marketing the manuscript, and another year of waiting for the book to come out. But there's another way of thinking about the timeline of this book. I met Susan Morgan, the person (and inspiration for the narrator) in the fall of 1976 at a sherry hour at Stanford University. We were married on May 8, 1982: 38 years. The blink of an eye.
Cuppy and Stew is now widely available on-line. During the month of May it is a Handpicked Book at www.SPDBooks.org, where it is 20% off. It's also available for order through your local bookstore, as well as on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
If you've already purchased a copy, I'd be grateful if you'd recommend it through your own social network. Word of mouth marketing is especially important this year when all live bookstore events and readings have been cancelled. I'd also be very grateful if you would post a review on Good Reads or Amazon. I've read reports that a single excellent review on Amazon can lead to the sale of 100 additional books. Is that true? I'd love to find out.
Stay safe, and keep checking this space. I hope to have some exciting news about reviews in the coming weeks.
A lot has happened since March 31st, when I began this blog. My brother was returned to a ventilator within 24 hours of being taken off it. His blood oxygen was dropping, not precipitously, but enough for concern. As far as anyone can tell--he hasn't been re-tested--he's (mostly) over COVID-19. He hasn't run a fever in many days. But perhaps because there's mucous lodged in his chest, which seems to be a common problem, he wasn't quite making it without the ventilator, so the doctors at Cornell/Weill decided to reinsert the ventilator, so as not to strain his heart and lungs.
I didn't want to post about this because so many of you had seemed so buoyed by my brother's good news, and we have all been struggling to feel good about something in this dark time. However, it seems there are quite a few patients at Cornell/Weill in my brother's situation: "over" Covid, but not able to get off the ventilator. After pondering what to do for a couple of days--these patients are at least stable in a very chaotic medical world--my brother's doctors came up with a new protocol. They performed a tracheostomy, and the ventilator is now working using that small hole rather than a breathing tube. Doctors believe there are several advantages of this new protocol. Reducing the throat swelling which results from being intubated for an extended time. Being able to reduce the patient's sedation level so that he may begin physical therapy to avoid muscular atrophy. And finally, and this is the good news, as an insurance policy. They do hope and plan to get him off the ventilator in the near future. If there's a problem, however, and he needs to go back on a ventilator, he could do so without needing to be intubated again, which, apparently, is quite grueling.
So there it is. I'd hoped to have better news to report when I first posted about this on March 31st, but we are all living in the land of the real right now, rather than in the land of Make Believe, except maybe in the White House.
In CUPPY AND STEW news, since I invited my Facebook friends to visit and Like the new EricGoodmanAuthor page, the page has received 148 Likes and now has 148 followers. Thank you all. And it seems that someone has purchased a copy from Small Press Distribution, which means there has now been one copy sold on-line! Here at Chez Goodman/Morgan, we're hoping there will be more copies sold soon.
Stay well, and be kind to your loved ones, and even people you don't like very much. I'll be back soon and will introduce a new thread. Many of you may be surprised to learn that I am the part owner of a small business in San Diego: Sky Salon. As a result I know a great deal about the plight of small business people right now, and the joys and challenges of applying for new government loan programs designed to keep people working, one slow and annoying form at a time.
Today has been a very good day. My older brother, Mike, who has been on a ventilator at Cornell/Weill in NYC for 14 days, was finally well enough to have the ventilator removed. There were times during which we all feared that this day would never come. He still has a long and difficult road to full recovery, but this is a huge first step.
Much less important, but still big news for me, is that Cuppy and Stew is now listed as available for purchase on the Small Press Distribution site. Since all sales flow through SPD (Amazon, Ingram the wholesaler, bookstores), this is an important moment, and I'm delighted it has arrived. More later! But better days ahead, especially for my beloved big bro.
Eric K. Goodman